Shivani Maa Temple, Kanker
Located in the Kanker District, Chhattisgarh, Shivani Temple also known as Shivani Maa Temple is a famous temple dedicated to a combination of two Goddesses, Durga Maa and Kali Maa. It is one of the oldest temples in the city.
According to the legends, the chief deity of this temple is a combination of two Goddesses, Kali Maa and Durga Maa. The vertically half part is of Goddess Kali and the remaining half part is of goddess Durga. This type of statue is only two in numbers in whole world. One is in Kolkata and another is in Kanker.
The structure of the temple portrays the ancient style of building temples and reflects an ethnic and traditional look. It is said that if one considers the idol in a vertical manner, one half is Goddess Kali, the remaining half being that of Goddess Durga. Such architectural grandeur of an idol is only present in two places in the world- one here in Kanker, Chhattisgarh and the other is in Kolkata.
Timings : Temple timings : 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Clean and conservative clothing is preferred.
Culture of Kanker District includes the indigenous religion and beliefs of the local people. The culture of Kanker District is predominantly tribal as this region is mainly inhabited by several tribal communities. There were around 62 castes in Bastar and Kanker provinces. The major tribes of this district are Maria, Muria, Bhatra, Parja, Gadva, Halba Tribe, Mahra, Chandal, Ghuruva, Dom, Lohar, Matrigond, Rajgond, Dorla, Nahar, Naikpod, Kuduk, Andkuri, Kumhar, Kosta, Chamar, Kenvat and Dhakad tribes.
Kanker Rd, Manzapara, Kanker, Chhattisgarh 494334
Kanker Bus Stand is 2.9 Km from the temple. Local taxis and autos are available. Minibuses are also other option.
The nearest Railway Station from Kanker is Raipur Railway Station, 127 Kms from the city. Raipur has daily trains to the cities like Bhubaneswar, Jaipur and Jodhpur via Azad Hind Express, Bhubaneshwar Express, Janshatabdi Express, Jnaneswari Delx, Samarsata Express, Ljn R Garibrath and Durg Jat Sf Express.
The nearest International Airport from Kanker is Swami Vivekanand Airport, Raipur, roughly four-hour drive from Kanker.It is well connected with major cities like Bangalore, Bhopal, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Chennai, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai.
Morning pooja and arati starts from 06:00 AM onwards and astothram to be performed to goddess from 08:30 AM onwards